Mount Coolum
Mount Coolum
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  • Ezmay
    Maroochydore, Australia8 contributions
    Never disappoint's
    Best on a clear day, can be slippery if raining. Definitely wear runners, no thongs as its really rocky. You wont need a jumper. Sunrise can be seen very well & is a spectacular start to your day! Sunset is also great but there is limited area where you will see it set because the public space only allows around 20 people. You can see an excellent view of all sunshine coast including glass house mountains.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 23, 2020
  • In Our Time
    Brisbane, Australia189 contributions
    Worth the climb
    We decided to do this as a sunrise hike. The climb is short and steep. Steps, steps and more steps. All very well formed and maintained. There are no taps / water along the way so make sure to take your own with you. Not difficult, just very constant. We enjoyed the view from the top. Something to note which we noticed on our way out of the carpark is that there is a sign that states you need a permit to park prior to 7.00am - which would mean for anyone wanting to do the sunrise . Just something to be aware of if council decide to get tough...
    Written October 26, 2021
  • Clancy-Smith
    Mount Coolum, Australia293 contributions
    Great views and moderate exercise
    Climbing to the top of Mount Coolum has been on our to-do list for years. It finally came to fruition after moving down the road. We've walked to the top twice and the views never get old or disappoint, A must see if you are in the area and have an hour or two to make the climb. We are relatively fit and able to make it to the top and back in around 60 minutes. Highly recommended
    Written June 18, 2022
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lightning2017
Mount Coolum, Australia25 contributions
Jan 2022
OK this is a short climb and you can go up and down within an hour with fantastic views in the middle and at the top. I live at the bottom of the mountain and drive to other places as it is ridiculously busy. You have to stop all the time to let the trainers through who jog up and down the mountain several times as exercise. Then you get stuck behind tourists who are not really fit enough to climb up. So, bring your patience and do it once to tick off your bucket list but you probably won't do it again if you're anything like me.
Written December 14, 2022
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Cb3
Hobart, Australia4 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Steep walk, path is in excellent condition and is almost completely stone steps so probably tricky in the wet weather. Very hot up the top with no shade. Good views. Took us about an hour return. Lots of people running up/down so had to get out of the way a lot, I think it would be annoying to walk it on a very busy day.
Written October 28, 2022
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ChrisIQueensland
Brisbane, Australia303 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Excellent for active and fit walkers. This is a steep climb with sections crafted by rocks to form steps to assist the climb. Certainly need a level of fitness.

It is NOT a leisurely stroll. We had teenagers which was fine, but children under 10–12 may struggle or find the climb intimidating. Some adults may struggle unless they keep themselves fit and active.

The view from the top is worth the effort. Magnificent views of the coastline and surrounding countryside. And you can enjoy it all the more given the workout.
Written October 12, 2021
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20SomethingVision
Brisbane, Australia43 contributions
Sep 2020
Beautiful view, worth the staircase you climb to get up there. My only gripe is with its popularity - which means you are often passing by others going the opposite way, and one of you needs to step to the side to let the other through. I was there on a weekday and it was still quite busy. Still worth the hike, though!!
Written September 11, 2020
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petethehippy
Brisbane, Australia16 contributions
Jan 2021
Three of us walked up and down in an hour (44 yo, 9yo, 7yo) from the beach side car park. We are active but not fitness junkies. It's steep but the path is well marked and very stable. There's parking at the bottom - but could benefit from more. Ideally, the path could benefit from more space on the side to allow for folks to catch their breath and/or take photos.

At the top you mainly have views to the East and South to Mooloolaba (and overlooking the airport). There's a small area with views to the Hinterland in the West. On the way up, there are some views to the North.

I feel like a few more sign posts, would help people get the most from their visit, but overall, I love this climb. Its very do-able, in good condition and a nice reward at the end.
Written January 17, 2021
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mdorrough7
Coomera, Australia94 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
Great views at the top, the pathway itself is an amazing effort of stonework. Not great for older people as it is steep with lots of steps but it’s a really fantastic way to do a fabulous hour of exercise fir the vast majority of the family. Nice vegetation changes as you progress up the mountain and interesting rock formations. Free and natural, thoroughly enjoyable.
Written December 9, 2020
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Anne V
Albany Creek, Australia85 contributions
Sep 2021
Steep grade 4 track, so use care.

Suitable providing your fit to walk challenging rock, note it has many narrow sections and rocks can move so take care, high winds on some days can also be experienced near and at the top.

As snake season is here be aware where you step. Take water keep hydrated.

Most of all if you have a good fitness level you should do this easily but bear in mind while it’s a short climb it is indeed steep so walk carefully and avoid the hottest parts of the day.
Written September 22, 2021
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Phil N
Leeming, Australia188 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a great walking trail with many good scenic points up to the peak of Mount Coolum. Not too taxing for this 65 year old, but I was overtaken by many other walkers on the trail. A must do walking trail on the Sunshine Coast.
Written January 14, 2020
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ByZoeRenee
Sydney, Australia91 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
I'm fit and my partner ... well ... thinks he is. I was fine with all the steps. My partner had a few stops in the first 50m but once he kicked in he was fine. We saw joggers, wanderers, pregnant women and seniors. For this reason I say decide based on your balance vs fitness. I've attached pics that are as bad as it gets. If you're not so stable on your feet maybe you won't enjoy it. It took us an hour to go up and back and it was a windy day (25km/hr). You wouldn't want much more wind than that as it may affect stability.
Written October 7, 2015
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Graham S
Tewantin, Australia4,368 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
Headed off on a Mon at 1:30 pm & it seemed not too busy as carpark not even half full... a good indicator because "busy" on this narrow single lane track can spoil the hike. Dodging people & especially the Lycra brigade is a challenge ... don't expect common courtesy.
The track is well formed by stone steps till halfway up, & then rocks are smooth & slippery, so care is required.
There really are very few spots to check out the views on way up, & several areas where you clamber using hands for support too.
The summit is pretty level with panoramic views over coastal plain area ... a straight line of ocean, waves, Beach & some housing & greenery. I've got to say fairly boring!
It was quite windy & picking up, this made it a bit uncomfortable.
On decent I noticed a few others on their way up were turning back.
Signs suggest "2 Hours Return" but I took 35 min up then 45 mins at top + return taking it slowly helping a couple of ladies who found it a bit tricky.
#1) If there are white caps on the ocean then you can bet it is pretty windy on top of Mt Coolum.
#2) if the car park is full it will be BUSY on the hike & stop/start both up & down.
#3) Bus 622 stops at Jarnahill St only 100 m. from entrance to walk.
#4) Kids need to be 'under close control' ... for your - & everyone's - enjoyment.
#5) Solid footwear is essential. Thongs make me nervous as risks magnified!
#6) It is a ONE MAN track, helping or holding onto someone else is close to impossible.

Alternatives ... Mt Tinbeerwah off Cooroy - Noosa Rd ... much easier track & a way better view. Includes Noosa River, Lakes, hinterland then over to Noosa Heads, Tewantin, Lake Doonella & Lake Weyba down past Peregian & Coolum in distance.
Written May 7, 2018
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